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How can eating strawberries help me lose weight?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
The ellagic acid and anthocyanins found in strawberries aid weight loss in at least three ways:

1. Chronic inflammation blocks the hormones involved in keeping you lean. Nutrition from anti-inflammatory foods like strawberries helps restore normal function to weight-reducing hormones.

2. Anthocyanins increase the body's production of a hormone called adiponectin, which stimulates your metabolism and suppresses your appetite.

3. Both ellagic acid and anthocyanins slow the rate of digestion of starchy foods, controlling the rise in blood sugar that follows a starchy meal. This effect is used to control blood sugar in people with adult-onset (Type 2) diabetes.

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